Ok this is fool proof. And by fool proof, I mean ME proof lol.
My grandfather always did this before BBQ’ing chicken and it works great for making baked, crispy wings, too.
2-3lbs chicken wings, thawed if frozen
1 gallon water
1 tablespoon salt
a little oil for the cookie sheet and to spray on the wings
Wash your wings, cut them into 2 parts if you like.
Bring the water and salt to a boil.
Drop in all of the wings, then bring back to a boil and cook for 8 minutes.
Drain into a colander and let cool slightly so you can pat them dry.
While they’re cooling, preheat your oven to 425f.
Pat the wings dry and sprinkle with salt and pepper (or whatever seasoning you like).
Lightly oil rimmed cookie sheet, lay the wings out in a single layer, not touching is preferred but not required.
Spritz the surface of the chicken very lightly with oil and bake, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
Turn the wings over and bake an additional 8-10 minutes or until they’re crispy.
If you like your wings sauced, just do what you normally do after they’re cooked.
This also works great with chicken drumsticks. Just add about 5 minutes to the first cooking time to make sure they’re cooked through. When the meat is pulling away from the lower bone, they’re usually cooked through!